Tonawanda News

Local News

May 8, 2014

Four seek two seats for NT school board

Tonawanda News — Four  candidates will seek two open seats on the North Tonawanda school board this month, district officials announced Wednesday. 

Residents Ann Finkle, Barbara McCarthy, John Zloty and Cheryl McMahon, submitted the required 100 petitions in time to qualify for the ballot. All would be board newcomers.

Donna Braun left her seat vacant last year to join the North Tonawanda Common Council, while past board president Frank DiBernardo will not seek re-election after two three-year terms on the board, leaving the field open to the new faces. 

John Tylec, the district’s director of personnel, said the two top voter-getters will win the open at-large seats, with the candidate who takes the most votes starting their term the day after the election, May 21, to finish off Braun’s remaining term. The candidate with the second most votes will begin their three-year term on July 1. 

Three of the candidates have experience in education, according to biographies filed with the district. McCarthy, who is employed by Niagara County Social Services, has resided in North Tonawanda for 25 year and has four children, one of whom is currently attending school in the district. 

Zloty, who retired from teaching in Cheektowaga after 39 years, has a background in social studies and counseling, and is married with three adult daughters. 

McMahon has a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in community school health. She and her husband have six children, most of whom are believed to have attended school in the district, officials said. McMahon is currently employed as a client service coordinator. 

Finkle is widely known for her devotion to the inner-workings of the North Tonawanda City Council and Board of Education, where she often speaks during public forums. Finkle was a kindergarten teacher in the district before retiring in 2001, while all of her children and grandchildren have gone through the school system in the Lumber City. 

Tylec, the district administrator, said the board will hold a brief forum for the candidates to speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, following a budget hearing at the Alumni Student Activity Center. 

“In the past we’ve given them four or five minutes each to speak to whoever is present,” Tylec said. “They’ve all been invited to attend.” 

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue